Former Coffee County High Head Coach, Bill Price, Resigns After 30 Years

Signal Mountain and former Coffee County head football coach Bill Price has resigned and has plans to enter private business.

Price actually is retiring from education after 30 years of service at a number of area schools including Bradley Central, Lookout Valley, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Red Bank and Soddy-Daisy.

Price developed the football program when Signal Mountain opened, his team spending one year in junior varsity competition before making the playoffs for the first time in the Eagles’ first varsity season. He led the team to an undefeated season and the 2010 Class 2A state championship.

Chattanooga Touts Transformation into “Gig City”

In this Nov. 17, 2014, photo, Chattanooga, Tenn. Mayor Andy Berke stands in front of an aerial image of Chattanooga, on the wall of his conference room. Berke is a major promoter of the city's municipal fiber optic network that provides Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national average. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself into a vibrant tech hub.

Through a combination of political will and federal stimulus money, 175-year-old Chattanooga became the first U.S. city to broadly offer a gigabit per second internet speeds – nearly 50 times the national broadband average.

Whether that’s enough to turn a modest southern city into a mini Silicon Valley remains to be seen, but local leaders are betting they’ve positioned themselves well for what lies ahead in the global economy.

 

The Great Smoky Mountains Adopts New Firewood Policy

 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has adopted new restrictions on firewood usage. Park officials said in a statement that campgrounds will allow only heat-treated firewood that has been certified beginning in March. The policy aims to slow the spread of invasive, tree-killing insects such as the emerald ash borer.  Park officials have said the insects have the potential to devastate wildlife habitat, park biodiversity and scenic views and that the change would offer some protection from that. Media report campers will be able to purchase heat-treated firewood from concessionaires in many campgrounds and from private businesses near the park. Public comments about the proposal were taken through last month.

Republican Leader wants to Stop Crossover Voting in Primary Elections

Some Republican Party Leaders say they want to prohibit Independent and Democrat voters from participating in GOP primary elections. State Republican Executive Committee member Kent Harris says he will ask fellow members to consider a closed primary law during a session set for next month. He says a primary restricted only to Republican loyalists would prevent so-called “crossover” voting to select Republican nominees for local, state and federal offices. Now Tennessee is an “open primary” state. Voters can pick which party they want to vote in during primary elections, even though they may be Democrats or Independents. Current law does allow a challenge of those not considered to be a party faithful. Harris wants all voters to register by party and vote only that party’s primary election.

Interest Groups Spend Large Sums on Lawmakers

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Special interest groups spent, almost 3 quarters of a million dollars last year to entertain Tennessee State Lawmakers. That’s up by more than $75,000 compared to 2013. The Tennessee Ethics Commission says lobby groups report spending $725,000 to “wine and dine” State Representatives and Senators during the reporting period ending December 31st. Lobby groups paid $650,000 to host events for state lawmakers in 2013. A law passed in 2006 limit’s the amount lobby groups can spend on individual representatives, but allows liberal spending on events that include all members of the General Assembly.

Customer Wins Over $700,000 from Lottery Ticket

 

Somebody around Crossville is worth a little more money today. The Tennessee Lottery Corporation says a Cumberland County customer bought a winning “Tennessee Cash” ticket Friday from a convenience store in Cumberland County. The lucky winner matched all six numbers drawn by the lottery during the Friday night event. Lottery officials say the prize is worth just short of $750,000. The winner had not claimed the prize as of Sunday afternoon. Tennessee’s Lottery Program, installed more than a decade ago, funds college and technical school scholarships, and supports pre-kindergarten programs.

Tullahoma City Attorney Stepping Down

Tullahoma City Attorney Randall Morrison says he’s leaving the municipal job to expand his private practice. Morrison tells the Tullahoma News the planned departure has nothing to do with politics, and he thinks he’s leaving during a period of calm in city government. Morrison, a 1971 graduate of Tullahoma High School, has served as city attorney for the past six years. He says the decision to step down results from a new partnership with William Lockhart, who specializes in criminal defense. Morrison says the new firm would be barred from representing Tullahoma criminal defendants so long as he served as city attorney. Morrison served as Coffee County juvenile court Judge from 1990-1998.